Free things to do in Canterbury Region

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Seven lovely lighthouses to visit around New Zealand

Lighthouses are intriguing places. Rich in history, they are pinpoints that mark wild and often remote spots around New Zealand’s coastline. We’ve picked seven lighthouses to discover around the country… Read the story . . . 

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Eight Must-Do walks to check out around New Zealand this summer

From short city strolls to more challenging coastal climbs, we’ve picked eight walks around New Zealand to check out before the end of summer.   Read the story . . . 

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Eight free Kiwi Gems to discover on your next South Island road trip

Travel can be expensive. But we've picked eight Kiwi Gems around the South Island that you can discover on your next road trip – for free! Read the story . . . 

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Discover another side of Christchurch City on the Avon Loop

Wind your way around the new pedestrian and cycle-friendly sections of the Avon Loop through Central Christchurch. Read the story . . . 

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Discover rocky outcrops and rare plants at Kura Tāwhiti Conservation Area

Not only home to striking geological features, Kura Tāwhiti Conservation area or Castle Hill in Canterbury’s Waimakariri Basin also has some of the rarest plants in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Take a trip back in time at Burkes Pass

Burkes Pass is a tiny heritage village in Canterbury’s Mackenzie Region, with a whole heap of character.  Read the story . . . 

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Marvel at the Milky Way in the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve

There is no better place in New Zealand to see stars than in the heart of the Mackenzie district, where the clarity of the constellations will take your breath away.  Read the story . . . 

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Spend the day at Christchurch's Sumner Beach

Kite-flying, dog-walking, swimming, or snoozing in the sunshine, Christchurch’s Sumner Beach offers everything you need for a summer’s day out.  Read the story . . . 

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Experience the sea as it’s meant to be at a marine reserve

New Zealand’s marine reserves and protected areas offer visitors a unique opportunity to see fish and marine life, thriving and abundant in their natural environment.   Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors: 14 must-do short walks

New Zealand is blessed with so many beautiful and varied landscapes. Often the best way to discover them is on foot.  Read the story . . . 

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Hikurangi Marine Reserve

Visiting this reserve is an unparalleled opportunity to see whale, dolphin and seabird species, often in large numbers. Read the story . . . 

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Akaroa Marine Reserve

Akaroa is a very special place, visited by the world’s smallest dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin.  Read the story . . . 

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Pōhatu Marine Reserve

Many of New Zealand’s most charismatic marine animals hang out at Pōhatu Marine Reserve on Banks Peninsula, home to both penguin and seal colonies.  Read the story . . . 

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Aoraki Mount Cook Village walks

There are several fantastic walks around the village that provide views of Aoraki Mount Cook and the surrounding native alpine bush. Read the story . . . 

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Taylors Mistake to Awaroa Godley Head Walk

Explore Godley Head's fascinating history and get great views of Lyttelton on this family-friendly walkway. Read the story . . . 

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